Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home

14951 Bothell Way Ne, Seattle, WA


Stephen Kenneth Smiles

May 20, 1943October 30, 2019
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Stephen Kenneth Smiles, 76, passed away peacefully at his Bellevue home on Tuesday, October 30th after a hard-fought and courageous battle with cancer.

Steve was born on May 20, 1943 to Kenneth and Eleanor Smiles in Seattle. He grew up in the Madison Park neighborhood and went to Garfield High School, class of 1961. After high school, he attended the University of Washington.

He met Barbara, the love of his life, at work in 1969. They were married in 1973 and never left each other’s side for 46 wonderful years of marriage.

Steve worked in the property/casualty insurance industry as a Surplus Lines Broker for 40+ years. He was a hard-working man who loved what he did and the people he worked with.

He had a passion for literature and history. Steve was a diligent reader and could have a conversation on virtually any topic.

Steve could light up any room. His vibrant personality and clever sense of humor were his trademarks. He was particularly fond of the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, and playing sports with his kids and his grandkids.

Baseball with his boys was one of his joys in life. He would get so excited to rent a field, get out all the baseball gear, pitch batting practice and cap off an afternoon with a family picnic. He loved mapping out activities and fun family events. He was affectionately known to his family as “Pops the Planner”.

He was a sports fanatic, especially for his local Seattle teams. Although his true passion was horse racing. He loved following all the big races, especially attending live races at local and national tracks.

Steve was an amazing Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Brother. He was a dedicated family man and would do absolutely anything for his loved ones. His huge heart was always, and will forever be, with his family.

Steve is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his two sons Steve (Reannon) and Scott, sister Sally (Tom), brother Van, and three grandchildren Madelyn, Cameron, and Dylan who loved their “Pops” with all their heart.

Celebration of Steve’s amazing life will be held at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle on Sunday, November 24th at 1pm. Online obituary and guest book can be viewed at www.dignitymemorial.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the GU Prostate Cancer Research Fund at UW Medicine at https://depts.washington.edu/givemed/give in memory of Steve.


24 November

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Broadmoor Golf Club

2340 Broadmoor Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112


Stephen Kenneth Smiles

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Rick Keating

November 19, 2019

Dear Barbara, Sally, Van and family,
So sorry to know of Steve’s passing.
I remember our 60+ years ago family get togethers with Nanny, the Smiles’ and the Keatings. Great times at Edgewater and squabbling over Nannie’s chocolate drop cookies and Clove gum.
We were all close then and eventually drifted apart.
I remember Steve’s great chortle, usually when he told a joke on himself in some deprecating manner. What a great wise guy.
I also knew he was accomplished and respected in the insurance field.
Though we haven’t been close I feel his loss and certainly wish the family all the love and peace possible at this time.
He will be at rest at Acacia near Nanny, Ken, Ellie, Aunt Neysa and Uncle Bob. Great crowd!
Cousin Rick

Mark Schaa

November 18, 2019

Steve was one of the "good guys" in the insurance business. His "Old School" approach was always honest, intelligent and friendly. It was a pleasure to work with him and he understood the business better than most. When he walked into your office you knew it would be productive but also a lot of FUN. Steve always had a smile on his face and twinkle in his eye. He was a wonderful business partner and a true friend. I will miss him!

Mark Vaughn

November 17, 2019

Steve was my mentor and good friend during the early years of my insurance career. I will always be thankful for his support and guidance. He will be missed.

mark holub

November 13, 2019

I first met Steve through work back in 1999. As would be fitting, our first meeting in person involved a Mariners baseball game. Steve took me to the old Kingdome in the Spring of '99 shortly before Safeco Field opened. This was the first of many ballgames and great memories built around attending and discussing baseball and sports in general. We definitely shared an insatiable love of sports.
Along with sports, Steve was never short on loving words about his family. He expressed how incredibly fortunate he was to have the love of his life Barb and appreciated the way she put up with him over the years. His sons, Steve and Scott, were the absolute treasures of his life and later his grandkids filled his heart.
Steve and his business companion Diana Chin were known around Admiral Insurance Company for bringing in Hot Pot donuts for the office. It was always such a fun time whenever they showed up. Oh those Apple Fritters!
Another sports memory that we shared was the day Marshawn Lynch became BeastMode in the playoff game against New Orleans. It was an incredibly cold day at the stadium, but oh what a memory!
Any words I have could never express the appreciation that I have for having known Steve for 20 years. He is one of the kindest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet and I had so much respect and admiration for him. There was never a rainy day in his world!
I will not be able to attend the service on the 24th due travel back to the Midwest for Thanksgiving. But, I will be thinking of all of you and I really wish I could be there.
The world has lost one of the greats in my opinion, but I know he has that ever present grin on his face and a sports page in his hands scouring the box scores.. What a guy.. He will be missed. I know I miss him.
All my best to you Barb, Steve, and Scott. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

Allan Sanderson

November 13, 2019

So sorry to hear that Steve passed away. I have beed retired for 10 years and have lost contact with most of the people I worked with for over 30 years. My memories of Steve, he was always a happy man, a great and honest broker and I considered him as a friend. Steve I will miss your positive outlook on life ,

Brett Mehringer

November 12, 2019

Steve had an infectious personality that brought levity and joy fullness to all that knew him. A man that cared to do the right thing for people. God bless this man. Our heartfelt condolences from the Mehringer family.

Brad Toner

November 12, 2019

Steve was a wonderful friend and associate. He would travel to the Tri-Cities and we would hop in the car and go visit clients. Talking sports, insurance and joking all the way. He was always positive and smiling. Great Memories.

diana chin

November 4, 2019

Hard to find the words… So many memories of all the great times shared during the 19 years of working together. I don’t know of anyone who could surpass his enthusiasm for “insurance” -- who else thrives on reading insurance contracts?!! A great mind, witty, “chatty” (putting it lightly….) and a real “foodie” when it came to funky establishments. We had a little game going, that if one of us found a new restaurant, we should wait until we could check it out together. Unfortunately, often by the time we got around to checking out the “new” dives, they would be closed, and it would be on to “Plan B” --- we had lots of those! I’ll miss you Steve! My heart goes to your family. I want them to know that you always treated your clients with respect and honesty and the best years of my working career were with you as my partner!